Scholarships and Awards

Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship – Data-Enabled Innovation

The Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships for Data-enabled Innovation program (GSS-DEI) is designed to enable promising students to succeed in the Emerging Technology Area of Data-enabled Innovation in and of itself or which additionally support the innovation priority areas of Environment & Climate, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Fibre/Bioindustrial and Health.

To provide the highly qualified personnel needed to drive Alberta’s innovation economy and provide the knowledge-based workforce to power economic growth for the Province of Alberta, Alberta Innovates has created the Graduate Student Scholarships for Data-enabled Innovation. These are scholarships for students who are completing a master’s or doctoral program in the following areas: artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, computing, quantum technologies, communication technologies, cloud computing, augmented reality and virtual reality. Please note, this list is not exhaustive.

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  • Value

    The Alberta lnnovates GSS Data-Enabled Innovation(DEI) funding is available to successful applicants as full scholarships. Tri Council Scholarships (NSERC/CIHR and Vanier), China Scholarship Council and other external peer-reviewed award holders who win an AI GSS-DEI will receive a top-up for the duration of their eligibility, and this top up value may increase to the full scholarship value when the external funding ends, for the remainder of the Alberta Innovates scholarship terms, if applicable.

    Master's full value: $26,000
    PhD full value: $31,000
    Top-up value: $12,000

    Scholarship terms vary from one to four years, depending on the circumstances of the applicant.

  • Eligibility

    Eligible applicant requirements:

    • A minimum of 3.5 GPA is an eligibility requirement for all applicants. The GPA will be calculated based on the current graduate program graded course work at the University of Alberta, or, if a student is newly admitted, the AGPA will be used to determine eligibility.
    • Students applying for a master's level Alberta Innovates GSS-DEI must have been admitted to their master's program no earlier than Spring 2019.
    • Students applying for a doctoral level Alberta Innovates GSS-DEI must have been admitted to their doctoral program no earlier than Spring 2017. For students who transfer from a master's to a PhD program, the time spent in the master's program counts towards the time spent in the PhD.
    • Students cannot receive more than a total of four years of combined master’s/doctoral Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship Data-Enabled Innovation funding.
    • There are no citizenship restrictions on this award.
    • Areas of study and research must fall into the categories funded by Alberta Innovates: artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, computing, quantum technologies, communication technologies, cloud computing, augmented reality and virtual reality.
    • Each candidate must be sponsored by a faculty supervisor, possessing both a record of productive research within a data-enabled innovation research area and sufficient resources to ensure the satisfactory conduct of the research.
    • For those not yet registered in a graduate program at UAlberta, your eligibility to apply for the Alberta Innovates GSS-DEI is contingent upon meeting all eligibility requirements for admission to a UAlberta graduate program. Applicants are to contact their prospective department for information on those requirements and must apply for this competition through that department.

    Additional details can be found in the 2020 Alberta Innovates GSS-DEI Program Guidelines and Handbook.

    The following category of students are not eligible to apply:

      • Students may not simultaneously hold an Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship, an Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship for Data-enabled Innovation Scholarship and an Alberta Innovates Graduate Studentship (Health).
  • Application Procedures

    Students must be nominated to FGSR by their home department; students cannot apply online in the GSMS Awards Portal at this time. Students are to consult with their department regarding their internal application process and deadline. Applications and accompanying documents sent directly to the FGSR by students will not be considered.

    Students’ must submit the following documents to their Department for internal adjudication:

    1. AI GSS Data-Enabled Innovation Application form. The Application form must be completed in its entirety. Applications missing UAlberta ID#’s, and student and/or supervisor signatures will be deemed incomplete. FGSR will not follow up regarding applications that are incomplete.

    2. Two Letters of Reference. The Letter of Reference to Support Application for Graduate Awards Form must be completed and signed by each applicant’s referee. Confidential letters of reference may accompany the standard letter of reference form, but may not replace such. Students may submit letters of reference in sealed envelopes to their Department. Alternatively, referees may send the confidential forms directly to the department.

    3. Up-to date unofficial U of A transcript (may be printed from BearTracks), and copies of up-to-date transcripts (ie. show all coursework and grades, and conferral of any degrees) from all other post-secondary institutions attended. FGSR will not provide copies of transcripts; students are to contact their Department if copies are required.

  • Nomination Procedures

    For Departments only:

    Refer to the 2020 Alberta Innovates GSS-Data-Enabled Innovation Competition Memo for complete details and instructions.

  • Adjudication Procedures
    FGSR will review all applications for eligibility and completeness and forward them to the Graduate Scholarship Committee (GSC) for adjudication. The GSC will evaluate the applicants based on excellence and strategic alignment in Data-Enabled Innovation research areas.
  • Deadline

    Deadline for departments to submit nominations to FGSR through the GSMS Awards Portal is Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

  • Additional Information

    If you receive a master's level Alberta Innovates GSS and then switch into a doctoral program, conversion of your funding to the PhD level is not guaranteed.

    Students who have been awarded an Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship Data-Enabled Innovation need to complete final reports. For more information, complete eligibility and binding rules for holding Alberta Innovates GSS-DEI, please see the 2020 Alberta Innovates GSS-DEI Program Guidelines and Handbook.